The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Artists in Action #78


In 1909, three years before Carl Laemmle founds the Universal Film Manufacturing Co, Bela Lugosi asks:

"Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?"

Then answers:

"They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, 'We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept'."

2 comments :

Vanwall said...

Perhaps Luke:7:33 might be more apt.

"For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil."

;-)

Robert Keser said...

Jesus H. Lugosi!